Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would not be opposed to one-legged Europa League ties
Manchester United face Real Sociedad in Europa League action next week, and the Spanish side have been forced to surrender their home leg - which will now be played in Turin in Italy - on account of coronavirus travel restrictions. Scott McTominay could have a big role to play as he has been in excellent goalscoring touch
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on January 17, 2021 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Solskjaer feels the shift in venue is a disadvantage for the Spanish side, as they are surrendering their home game, and would be open to the competition being condensed with all ties played over one leg.
"The travel in Europe is difficult at the moment, as we all know,” Solskjaer said at his press conference ahead of the Premier League clash with West Brom on Sunday. “It’s not the decision that we made.
“When one game is at a neutral venue it’s a disadvantage, of course, for the team that doesn’t have the home game. That’s out of our hands, it’s nothing that we can say: ‘ok, we’ll meet in Turin and have one game’. I wouldn’t mind that at all, one game less.”
Expanding on his thinking, Solskjaer said: “Well, that’s what we did last season, we met somewhere neutral and made it a tournament. Of course, home and away, we have to keep that going.
As I said, we do have a little advantage, it’s a disadvantage for Sociedad of course, to have their home game in Turin.
“For me, I wouldn’t stand in the way of that (one-leg ties), but there are probably other reasons that we don’t.“
United remain in the Premier League title mix, but have lost ground to Manchester City in recent weeks.
Scott McTominay has been doing his bit from midfield, and has scored in his last three appearances in all competitions.
Solskjaer is happy with the Scotland international’s contributions, but wants a better return from his midfielders and forwards in front of goal.
"We need more goals from midfield and Scott does have that ability to go box-to-box,”. He's a threat inside the box and he used to be a striker.
"I think for us to move up the league and be successful in the cups, we need our forwards to keep on firing, getting more goals, and I wouldn't mind some midfielders adding a few.
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"If Scott can get into double figures then that would be a very good season for a so-called defensive midfielder."